UT 3+3 Program

Admissions

Begin your legal education journey with UT Law.

Admissions

Begin your legal education journey with UT Law.

UT 3+3 Program

This accelerated degree program allows students at UT Martin and UT Knoxville to earn both a bachelor’s degree and a law degree in six years—one year less than what is normally required.

3+3 Timeline and Checklist

This program requires hard work and careful planning to qualify for law school admission and to finish both degrees in six years. Use the following as your guide.

Freshman or sophomore year:

Enroll in an approved 3+3 major at your campus.

Freshman, sophomore, and junior years:  

Get the most out of your undergraduate study.

    • Collaborate with your undergraduate advisor to get the most out of your degree program.
    • Work toward excellent grades during your three years of study so you will be an outstanding applicant for law school admission.
    • Challenge yourself to develop your writing skills by taking classes that require research papers—excellent writing skills will serve you well in law school and as a lawyer.
    • Develop your leadership, collaboration, and organizational skills through extracurricular activities, part-time jobs, community organizations, or other activities.

Spring of your sophomore year:

Register for and begin preparing to take the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT).

Summer after your sophomore year and/or fall of your junior year:

Take the LSAT. Do your best on the test—ideally, you should take the LSAT only once.

Junior year: 

Apply for admission to UT Law.

First year of law school (1L year):

Complete your senior year of undergraduate and your first year of law school concurrently. 

    • If you are admitted to UT Law, you will become a full-time, first-year law student following your junior year of undergraduate study.
    • You will be able to utilize all scholarships and financial aid that you were eligible for as an undergraduate for the first year of law school (GPA guidelines to retain scholarships will still be required).
    • The credits you earn will be counted toward your law degree and toward the completion of your bachelor’s degree.

2L and 3L years:

Complete your law degree.

Take advantage of all of the opportunities offered by UT Law, including concentrations in advocacy and dispute resolution and business transactions, dual degree programs, clinics, moot courts, law journals, pro bono opportunities, and more.

Contacts

If you’re a UT Knoxville student interested in a pre-professional programs major or pre-law concentration, contact:

Jeff Elliott, Associate Director, Arts & Sciences Advising
865-974-4481

If you’re a UT Martin student interested in an English major, contact:

David Carithers, Chair and Associate Professor of English 
731-881-7300

If you’re a UT Martin student interested in political science major, contact:

Chris Baxter, Associate Professor of Political Science
731-881-7367

  • Contact Paula Schaefer, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs & Professor of Law
    865-974-6793

Contact Sarah Busse, Director of Admissions
865-974-4131

Take the first step and apply to UT Law

Contact Us

Admissions & Financial Aid
1505 W. Cumberland Ave.
Knoxville, Tennessee 37996

Phone: 865-974-4131
Office:
 Suite 161
E-mail:
lawadmit@utk.edu

Contact Us

Admissions & Financial Aid
1505 W. Cumberland Ave.
Knoxville, Tennessee 37996

Phone: 865-974-4131
Office:
 Suite 161
E-mail:
lawadmit@utk.edu